Fashion is unaffected by #MeToo, says Mario Testino’s accuser

The New York Times revisited some of the names who called out sexual misconduct earlier this year

Earlier this year, the New York Times published a report featuring models accusing photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct. Following that, the Boston Globe released its own report featuring more than 50 models accusing “at least” 25 fashion names – Patrick Demarchelier and stylist Karl Templer (who denied all allegations) among them – of sexual misconduct.

Revisited in an article published on the New York Times yesterday, Kenny Sale doesn’t think enough has been done to change the industry following all the allegations. The model – who claims he was assaulted by Testino in 2015 – said: “I don’t think it’s garnered enough attention of famous people.”

Sale says that the uncomfortable nature of allegations made by him and others means that the subject is not talked about as much as it should be. Elsewhere, he says those accused still have supporters within the industry. “People who claim to be activists in the community and are part of the #MeToo movement still associate with this person,” he says. “Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t believe it.”

After the allegations were first revealed, Testino and Demarchelier were both dropped by Vogue – who they were both longtime contributors to – but still continue shooting and receiving support from industry names on their Instagram accounts.